Spunk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How can the community where this story takes place be described?

2. Why does Walter think Spunk is seeing Lena?

3. Who encourages Joe to hurt Spunk?

4. Why doesn't Joe fight Spunk?

5. Where do the men hear this noise at the beginning of Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Spunk's occupation seem to be appropriate for his character?

2. What does Spunk say right before he dies? Why is this significant?

3. Why does Spunk move Lena into the Bradley house?

4. How does the point of view affect the reader's perspective in Chapter 1?

5. At what point does Spunk become paranoid that Joe is haunting him? How does this relate to his occupation?

6. Are there any surprise guests at Spunk's wake? Why is it a surprise?

7. What role do Walter and Elijah play in this story?

8. In what way does this story address justice?

9. How do others in the town treat Spunk? Why do they treat him this way?

10. Who is the winner of Hurston's story? How so?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How would you describe the development of the relationship between Lena and Spunk? Why do you think Lena becomes so quickly attached to him? What benefits do both characters derive from the relationship?

Essay Topic 2

Briefly summarize the incident in which Joe is killed. Why do you think Hurston wrote about it in this way?

Essay Topic 3

What does the Bradley house symbolize? What do you think Hurston was trying to communicate to readers by including this element in the story?

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